Astropoetica: Mapping the Stars through Poetry

Hearing the Language of the Universe

Be not so dull; fold the sky into my palms like
the prayer book of scientists and recite to me
the names of stars in their native star tongue:
the beep and blink of their spinning, the chroma
of their burning, their weight in time and space;
would that I knew
the universe like you do: the many ways you
speak your knowledge of it, like a lover's secret
laid bare before the eyes of those who know not
to read Love down to the very meaning of Her name;
would that you spoke my language like you do
that starry tongue, the words that even I don't know
are part of me; you do not hear them, the prayers
from my hands, cannot see the hunger in my wet
eyes as they watch you love another; I am always
the other, the one
that would but never will, observer, ever unobserved.

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Alexandra Seidel writes poems and stories of things born from imagination and dreams. Some of her work can be found in Goblin Fruit, Mythic Delirium, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere. If you are so inclined you can follow Alexa on Twitter (@Alexa_Seidel) or read her blog: